Hallowe’en + Tech
In honour of today’s occasion, this week we shared some awesome ways to amp up Hallowe’en with your devices! Whether it’s adding a ghost to your party pics, selecting spooky tunes, or turning yourself into a zombie, check out the best apps we’ve found for this haunted eve!
Are you using tech in your costume?
Say hello to the Sony Xperia Z3
Starting today, we’re carrying the Sony Xperia Z3 in our stores and online. From its thin, lightweight design to its waterproof and dust resistant features, the Xperia Z3 is built to stand the test of time. You can take pictures with the 20.7MP camera and capture wicked video with the 4K video recording feature all while going for a swim! Not to mention it packs quiet a punch with up to 2 days of battery life. Even better – if you’re a hockey fan, for a limited time, when you buy a Sony Xperia Z3 and activate it on a 2-year Share Everything plan you get EA SPORTSTM NHL® 15 for Playstation 4 free. Learn more at Rogers.com.
Are you a Sony device user? Let us know your experience.
Getting organized has never been easier
With Winter on its way, many of us will get super busy – with parties, events, concerts, family gatherings, shopping, vacations, etc. and it can be hard to keep track. Lucky for us, Google has introduced several changes to its online calendar interface. For example, when creating calendar events, it will now auto-complete addresses so you can quickly add locations to your events and even access a map to help you get there. You can also search your calendar for key contacts and events, and send your invites to a single Google Group so your guest lists will automatically update as people join or leave a group.
Try out these updates and let us know your first impressions.
Hallowe’en is my favourite holiday – zombies, candy and an excuse to wear a costume to work – what more could you want? While my traditions remain from year to year – pumpkin carving, handing out treats, watching scary movies, etc., using technology, particularly my smartphone, makes this spooky occasion even better.
A simple search of ‘Hallowe’en’ will automatically generate hundreds, if not thousands, of app results. To help you sort through, here are ones we think will help with your festivities:
First thing is first – the invitation. We suggest using an app that lets you create and send invites with a Hallowe’en theme. If you’re an iOS user, check out the Hallowe’en Card Creator or take it even further with this Android app that not only sends an invite but also an ongoing spooky count-down to your invitees.
- When hosting your party, use music to set the tone. Halloween Soundlab includes everything you need to create your own custom haunted house soundtrack! Or scare guests with an app that plays sounds of zombies, wolves, ghosts, witches and more.
- As you capture the festivities, you can ‘halloweenify’ your pictures in a snap. Might we suggest adding a zombie photo bomb, a ghost in the background, an orange and black frame or a creepy setting?
Get your zombie on
Costumes are key to a happy Hallowe’en. Go the extra mile to make your costume stand out.
- There are many apps that provide a step-by-step guide to help execute your evening look right from your smartphone or tablet. Check out the below to learn how to create:
- You can also incorporate your mobile device into your costume. Digital Dudz, for example, is an app that helps turn your iOS device into a costume complete with animation. While they suggest you purchase one of their shirts to finish the look, the actual app is free and can add a blinking eye, a bleeding heart or an iron man chest to your costume.
It’s always important to stay safe when you’re trick or treating. Of course, we suggest each trick-or-treater should have smartphone, plus you can even increase your safety with apps designed to keep track of the journey:
- With Footprints, available for iPhone, you can automatically track your kids and share locations with family and friends all privately.
- Another option, getting lots of attention this year, is Trick or Tracker. Much like the name suggests, the app, for both Android and iOS users is a great way to keep tabs on your children as they journey through your neighbourhood.
With the 31st right around the corner we wish you happy, safe and spooky tech-filled Hallowe’en!
Tell us, how are you using tech to celebrate this ghoulish occasion?
shomi is a brand new Canadian-made video streaming service that will launch in beta in early November. At that time, the service will be exclusively available to Rogers and Shaw TV or Internet customers.
shomi, not only brings you your favourite movie and lets you binge-watch the latest TV series but it also includes movie trailers, factoids and stunning visual design. It’s powered by a team of directors, screenwriters, festival programmers and curators – created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers. At launch, eligible customers can enjoy a free 30 day trial and will be able to sign up for $8.99 per month afterwards (with the opportunity to cancel at any time).
Here are three great reasons you should check out shomi:
THE OLD AND THE NEW
- Access current TV series from around the world, and even past seasons of shows like Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, 2 Broke Girls, Shameless, Vikings and American Horror Story
- Choose from 340 TV series; over 14,000 episodes and titles
- Watch more than 11,000 hours of your favourite shows
- Get shomi on your web, tablet (select iOS™ & Android™), mobile (select iOS & Android), select Rogers and Shaw cable boxes and Xbox 360™
- with more devices coming soon….
ORIGINAL TV SERIES
- City™, Netflix™ and shomi have teamed up to bring you Between, an original survivalist thriller series created by Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and stars Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat)
- Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old, and will debut next summer
Connected Rogers™ wants to show you a good time; a really good time. That’s why we’re giving you a chance to win a pair of VIP passes to the exclusive purple-carpet party for shomi, on November 3rd! Fill out the contest form here. It’s your chance to feel like a star – walk the carpet like a paparazzi-dodging A-lister, rub shoulders with celebrity guests and be among the first to get an exclusive glimpse at shomi.
Contest closeson October 29th, 2014. Open to residents of the Greater Toronto Area who are 19 years or older and who are Rogers Internet or Rogers Cable customers before the start date of the contest on October 22, 2014. Prizes: 5 pairs of VIP passes to attend the shomi media event on Nov.3rd including transportation via taxi (up to $150). One entry per person per day. Limit of one prize per person. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Mathematical skill-testing question must be correctly answered to win. No purchase necessary. Full rules at connectedrogers.ca.
Today, we rolled out the next evolution of wireless technology, LTE-Advanced, to customers in 12 cities. But what is LTE-Advanced anyway and what does it mean for you? Irv Witte, senior director, network product management at Rogers, is here to get us up to speed.
Q: What does this mean for Rogers customers?
A: Wireless customers will be able to download and live stream even faster on mobile phones and tablets. When we bought 700 MHz spectrum, we said we were going to put it to work to deliver the ultimate video experiences to our customers and this is one more way we’re doing that. In the first two weeks of the season, hockey fans streamed 650 terabytes (that’s 650 million megabytes) of data on Rogers NHL™ GameCentre LIVE™ and, on average, 80,000 hockey fans are using their mobiles or tablets to live stream or watch special camera angles on the app each game night since the start of the season. Our network will be built to handle the growing demand for data as more people watch videos and stream sports on their mobile phones and tablets.
Q: What exactly is LTE-Advanced technology?
A: LTE-Advanced is the latest and greatest network technology available today. All wireless communication uses radio waves to carry the signals, whether it’s a voice call or data. LTE-Advanced allows us to combine two bands of radio waves, or spectrum – 700 MHz and AWS – to create an even larger pipe for data to travel on. You can think of it like combining the roads in a city to make a superhighway, allowing more traffic to travel at faster speeds.
Every radio wave or spectrum band we use has different characteristics. 700 MHz spectrum carries wireless signals across greater distances and is better able to penetrate deep into buildings while AWS spectrum forms the backbone of our LTE network and was rolled out across the country when we launched our LTE network.
Q: Where will LTE-Advanced be available?
A: LTE-Advanced is available in twelve cities starting today , including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax and Saint John with more cities to follow. We’re the only carrier with two side-by-side blocks of 700 MHz spectrum in Canada’s major geographic markets. That means that we can create large pipelines for data to travel on, giving our customers a better experience. Whether you live in a small town or a big city, you’ll soon be able to enjoy the benefits of LTE-Advanced technology when it comes to your area. The plan is to roll out LTE-Advanced technology across the country.
Q: Can all devices take advantage of LTE-Advanced?
A: Right now devices that can take advantage of this new network technology are just starting to become available, with select devices expected to be available later this year. Of course, it’s always our goal to bring customers the latest and greatest devices so check back to see what’s available.
For more information on our LTE network, visit rogers.com/LTE.
Putting pen to paper might sound as old school as using a quill pen since the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, equipped with the new S Pen, hits Rogers stores today.
This “phablet” is a game-changer. It is your new:
Whether you have lots of important thoughts, like taking notes or are an obsessive list-maker, the S Pen feels more natural than ever before. The proof is in the pressure points – 2048 pressure points to be exact, makes this one of a kind writing experience the highlight of this device.
Movie watching companion
The Quad HD Super AMOLED® screen is crisp and clear and can make watching even the most boring movie seem like you’re in a private screening of Avatar – a little bit dramatic, but you get the point.
If selfies are the name of your game, the 3.7 MP front-facing camera and Smart OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) on the 16 MP rear-facing camera help you snap pictures and videos from every angle.
AM to PM companion
The Fast Charging feature allows you to recharge up to 50 per cent of your battery in just 30 minutes, so you can carry your Note 4 from your morning meeting to your night class without worry.
If this video doesn’t get you excited about the Note 4, I don’t know what will:
The Note 4 is now available online and in Rogers retail stores – check out Rogers.com/note4 for more details.
Are you writing with an S Pen or is writing still something you see only happening on paper?
It’s Cyber Security Awareness month, so we thought we’d share some tips on how to stay safe when using the ‘cloud’. In its simplest form, the cloud is used to house information, documents, etc. on the internet. iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive are examples of storage sites that let you save and share your materials through the cloud.
While it is great technology that can help us stay de-cluttered and organized, it’s important to take precautions. Check out these tips below to keep your information safe when in the clouds:
- Use strong, unique passwords on your accounts. Change your password if you see it on this list of the 500 most common passwords.
- Avoid letting your browser save your passwords.
- Ensure website URLs contain HTTPS when accessing personal information over public Wi-Fi networks.
- Install apps from official app stores.
- Read permission requests before installing apps to ensure the information they’re accessing is appropriate.
- Always log out of sites completely when you’re finished.
- Install the latest app and operating system updates for your device.
- Enable password locks on your device. Check out how to enable passwords for your iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
- Don’t upload information to the cloud if you want to keep it private.
To learn more about how to stay safe when staying connected check out http://techessentials.rogers.com/. Tell us, what steps are you taking to stay cloud safe.
Hockey access across all platforms
We started the week off right – sharing exciting news with our customers. Select customers (further outlined in our post) will now get a full free-season’s pass toRogers NHL™ GameCentre LIVE™ and/or NHL™ Centre Ice. For example if you have a Share Everything plan, you can now get a free subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, with GamePlus™ of course, until the end of the season, including playoffs.
Check out Rogers.com/NHL for more details. A reminder that Rogers wireless data and internet customers will continue to get a free subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.
How will you use Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ to complement your TV watching experience?
Get the latest Windows phone now
The Nokia Lumia 830 launched in Rogers stores and on Rogers.com today. While I’m still exploring the ins and outs of the device, so far I’ve seen some great features including a 10-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a choice of over 350,000 apps. We’re carrying the device in black with a green back cover but if that doesn’t strike your fancy, you’ll also receive an exclusive free black cover in the box.
What have you heard about this smartphone?
Facebook keeping you safe
Facebook shared today that they’re taking steps to keep your passwords safe. As described by Business Insider – Facebook has developed a process that actively monitors news of huge security breaches and if it finds a hacked password, it will disable the password and notify the account holder. Fear not; this is a completely automated process that doesn’t require Facebook to know or store your actual Facebook password. Facebook users should already ensure their passwords are both unique and complex – however, here is added support to keep your data, pictures, conversations, etc. safe!
Tell us, what steps do you take to stay Facebook safe?
What an exciting week – the NHL hockey season has begun! Fans are sporting jerseys around town, hockey pools have ramped up and Canadians are turning to their mobiles and tablets to watch our nation’s game.
Even with the puck drop behind us, we’ve got more plays on the way to keep our customers cheering.
Here are two awesome pieces of news - so hot for fans, they may melt the ice:
1) Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™
Rogers customers with the following services can now get a free subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, with GamePlus™ of course, until the end of the season, including playoffs:
- Share Everything Plan
- Internet (Ontario):
- Hybrid Fibre 60 or above
- Grandfathered Extreme Internet or above
- Internet (Atlantic):
- Hybrid Fibre 50 or above
- Grandfathered Extreme Internet or above
Past December 31, 2014 these customers can continue to use smartphones, tablets, desktops, and other devices like Roku and XBOX 360, to watch tons of regular season games, plus big-ticket events like the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the 2015 NHL® All-Star Game. Don’t forget to also check out the GamePlus experience, with innovative camera angles (like the Ref Cam), on-demand replays and behind-the-scenes content, exclusive to Rogers customers.
2) NHL® Centre Ice
As shared in a previous post hockey fans had a freeview of NHL® Centre Ice ending today – but the action doesn’t stop. Starting today, Rogers customers with the accounts listed below will continue to get NHL® Centre Ice:
- Digital VIP or higher
- Internet (Ontario):
- Hybrid Fibre 60 or above
- Internet (Atlantic):
- Hybrid Fibre 50 or above
- Grandfathered Extreme customers and above
Learn more about our Internet and Share Everything plans that will keep you game ready. Customers who are not eligible for the above, can still purchase Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and NHL® Centre Ice to continue to watch the remainder of 2014/2015 season. Check out Rogers.com/NHL for more details. A reminder that Rogers wireless data and internet customers will continue to get a free subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.
Tell us, what are your traditions in how you watch the game? What device are you using?
Here is a Saturday edition of the Weekend Reading. Check out the below to learn about new rewards, GamePlus and record breaking views.
It’s to get yourself a brand new, stink-free, jersey . Rogers customers can now redeem Rogers First Rewards points for Shopping Channel gift cards. These gift cards can be used towards all products, however, given the season I suggest checking out the NHL merchandise, including jerseys, accessories, family products and more.
How will you be using your points?
Seeing the world from the Ref’s POV
This week we announced a whole new way for you to watch the hockey game – GamePlus™. As explored further in our post, GamePlus is a part of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and is available exclusively to Rogers customers. It lets you choose how you watch the hockey game with your choice of innovative camera feeds, multi-angle replays and behind-the-scenes action right from your smartphones, tablets and computers.
What camera are you most excited for?
We love our nation’s game on all platforms
As we shared in our post– this week marked the first Scotia Wednesday Night Hockey of the 2014/15 season. Canadians tuned in on multiple platforms in record numbers. The night was the most watched broadcast in Sportsnet™ history, drawing in an average of 2.01 million viewers for the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. Using Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ , roughly 55,000 fellow fans streamed over 1.9 million minutes of hockey plus 80,000 minutes of on-demand video and multiple angles replays with MyReplay.
What device did you use to watch the game?